Senate President, David Mark has lamented the unabating activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the northern part of Nigeria, describing their action as a plot to destabilise the country.
Mark who made the observation after he had decorated police officers attached to his office, who were recently promoted, with their new ranks, pleaded with Nigerians to rise up against “the orchestrated plot to destabilise the country.”
“If the perpetrators of these violent crimes would not come to the negotiating table to dialogue with authorities in order to address whatever grievances they may have, government would be left with no option than to deploy its might to deal with the situation,” Mark said.
He noted that government could no longer tolerate a situation where insurgents and terrorists continued to hold it and the citizens hostage.
“No matter how disgruntled or angry they may be, they cannot continue to kill our citizens and destroy properties at will as way of life. It is a high time wise counsel prevails among these insurgents to drop their arms and embrace peace.
“Nigeria is passing through very difficult times and challenges and certainly does not need these wars and destructions .
“We need to live and work together as free people . We need a country where all citizens have equal opportunities, where no one is oppressed or molested.”
Mark also sympathised with Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam, whose convoy was attacked by gunmen at Tse -Kenyi village while inspecting the destroyed community.
He said the situation called for vigilance on the part of every citizen just as he asked for support and cooperation for the security operatives to succeed in the onerous task of protecting lives and properties.